Watch Led Zeppelin play "I Can't Quit You Baby" at Royal Albert Hall in 1970

live 11/09/2018

On 9th January 1970, Led Zeppelin played at Royal Albert Hall during their U.K. tour. It was one of their most celebrated gigs of their career after Madison Square Garden.

Tickets were selling out fast and among those who witnessed the concert live were John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck.

Watch Led Zeppelin perform what people called a "blitzkrieg of musically-perfected hard rock that combines heavy dramatics with lashings of sex into a formula that can't fail to move the senses and limbs." 

The blues tune "I Can't Quit You Baby" was written by Willie Dixon, first recorded by Otis Rush in 1956. Led Zeppelin followed closely to Otis Rush's 1966 Vanguard rendition of the song but reworked the song slightly with different instrumentation and dynamics for their debut album in 1969. 

"…it was just like it was at the Albert Hall in the summer [at the 1969 First London Gala Pop Festival], with everyone dancing around the stage. It was a great feeling. What could be better than having everyone clapping and shouting along? It’s indescribable; but it just makes you feel that everything is worthwhile," Page tells NME in 1970.

Setlist:

  • We're Gonna Groove
  • I Can't Quit You Baby
  • Heartbreaker
  • Dazed and Confused
  • White Summer / Black Mountainside
  • Since I've Been Loving You
  • What Is and What Should Never Be
  • Moby Dick
  • How Many More Times (medley including Boogie Chillen', Bottle Up n' Go, Move On Down The Line, Leave My Woman Alone, "Lemon Song")
  • Whole Lotta Love
  • Communication Breakdown
  • Organ solo / Thank You
  • Bring It On Home
  • C'Mon Everybody
  • Something Else
  • Long Tall Sally (medley including Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, Move On Down The Line)